Greetings, and welcome to The /x/ Files, the weekly news digest for 4chan’s Paranormal board. Every Sunday, we take a quick snapshot of the mysterious world around us and bring it, in an easily readable magazine format, to the board. I am The Editor, the anonymous creator of this idea and collector of the news that will be following below. In the interests of legitimacy, I will be using a secure tripcode to post the thread; once the posts are completed, I will take the tripcode off and return to my anonymity.
Happy New Year! This week, we take a look at immortal beasts, rare creatures, and a sad end to an infamous manor. All that, along with the Radio show roundup, your paranormal podcasts, and more, in Issue Seven of The /x/ Files!
Table of Contents:
1: Paranormal News of the Week
2: Radio Show Roundup
3: Paranormal Podcasts
4: Editor’s Note
Paranormal News of the Week
Scientists find life form that lives forever
A new study finds that hydra — spindly, freshwater polyps — can live seemingly forever, without aging. Unlike most multicellular species, hydra don’t show any signs of deteriorating with age, according to the new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “I started my original experiment wanting to prove that hydra could not have escaped aging,” study researcher Daniel Martinez said in a statement. “My own data has proven me wrong — twice.”
Full Story: http://www.livescience.com/53178-hydra-may-live-forever.html
Archaeological Evidence that the Aztecs had Zoos
One of the earliest examples of animals being kept in captivity was Moctezuma’s 14th century zoo at the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. A recent PLOS ONE study, however, reveals evidence from the ruins of the Mexican city of Teotihuacan that may push back the date of captivating carnivores by 1000 years. During excavations from 1998-2004, the authors of this study found animal remains in chambers in the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Visual examination of the animal skeletons suggested that some of the carnivores were kept in captivity. The authors found bone breaks and stress characteristic of captive animals – for example, three eagle skeletons showed stress on the lower part of the legs, where they may have been tied to a perch. Other deformities in the animal skeletons, such as bone fusion or abnormal growth, were evidence of infection, which typically only occur when animals are kept in close together in captivity.
Full Story: http://phys.org/news/2015-12-early-captive-carnivore-ancient-mexican.html
Rare Footage Shows Live Giant Squid
The cephalopod was seen cruising Toyama Bay on Japan’s west coast, an area already known for its stunning firefly squid, which glow an iridescent blue and gather in the area to spawn. This squid, however, was an entirely different beast. Reports in Japanese say that the creature was filmed on December 24, seen by an underwater camera swimming near boat moorings. It was reportedly about 13 feet long and 3 feet around.
Boleskine House, former home of Aliester Crowley, destroyed by massive firefly
A historic manor house once owned by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and occultist Aleister Crowley has been devastated in a huge blaze. Boleskine House, in the Scottish Highlands, was reported on fire at around 1:40pm (local time) on December 23rd. Around 60% of the building was destroyed, but it was later established noone was inside. The famous guitarist bought the house at the height of Led Zeppelin’s fame in 1970 as a restoration project and a base for songwriting, but spent little time there and eventually sold it in 1992. It had since been used as a private residence and a guest house.
Full Story: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/historic-boleskine-house-once-owned-7063154
Bonus Round: The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries of 2015
As the year comes to a close, we take a moment to have a look back at 10 newly identified ─ and exceptionally strange ─ animals, both living and extinct.
Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Alternative Health/Christmas Conundrums
In the first half, Dr. Peter Glidden discussed how to use natural remedies and supplements to maintain health and even recover from debilitating conditions. In the latter half, former minister for the Assemblies of God Church, Jeffrey Daugherty, addressed curious conundrums including imagery of UFOs, aliens and ETs which are all connected with Christmas lore.
Tuesday: War and China/Power of the Subconscious
In the first half, George spoke to David Poyer, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and a Naval officer, who used his knowledge of current events to outline various scenarios for an escalating conflict. In the second half, certified hypnotist Tim Bartley spoke about his method of “Theta State Therapy,” which he says can treat many mental and even physical illnesses.
Wednesday: Mars Geoglyph/Paranormal Christmas
In the first half, founding investigator of The Cydonia Institute, George Haas, reported on the ‘Crown Face’ geoglyphic formation found on Mars, as well as other unusual formations on the Red Planet. In the latter half, paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren discussed many fascinating tales of Christmas including those who believe in Santa Claus, actual Santa sightings, dark holiday lore, and gifts that may be cursed or possessed.
Thursday: Other Side Communications/Angels
In the first half of our Christmas Eve program, author Whitley Strieber shared details of how his late wife Anne has been communicating with him from the Other Side since she passed away earlier this year, as well as the connections between the Visitor experience and the afterlife. In the second half, paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley addressed the existence of angels, where they come from, if they differ from ETs, and why it’s important we recognize and welcome them in our lives.
Friday: Channeled Wisdom/Open Lines
In the first half, Mark Allen Frost described experiences with the entity known as “Seth.” For 20 years, Seth spoke through medium Jane Roberts and dictated a series of messages about history, the future, and humanity. Open Lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: The Detective Popcorn Christmas Special
A brutal homicide. A desperate cop. And a BUTTERY SONG. It’s the Detective Popcorn CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! Join Detective Popcorn and a sleigh-full of surprise guests as they unravel the mysteries of friendship, family, and MURDER.
Paranormal Podcast: Haunted Christmas and Christmas Angels – A Paranormal Podcast Special
In celebration of the season, we revisit a combination of two of my favorite Christmas-oriented programs we’ve done over the years. When we think of Christmas, ghosts are usually not top of mind…but perhaps they should be, according to our guest Mary Beth Crain. In part one, we talk to her about her book on the subject. In part two, Rosemary Ellen Guiley joins us to talk about angels who make themselves known at Christmastime.
The Paracast: December 27th, 2015
We welcome the return of Mike Clelland to The Paracast after six years! He’s author of the new book, “The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee.”
Expanded Perspectives: Mysterious Sightings
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys talk about how a newly discovered asteroid the size of a city bus gave Earth a close shave on the morning of December 19. Then, a man in White Springs, Florida comes forward about a Bigfoot encounter he has back in 1997. After the break the talk about the history of storytelling around Christmas and how the telling of ghost stories/paranormal stories goes back a long way.
Skeptoid: Did the 1914 Christmas Truce Really Happen?
Every Christmas season, the media fills with heartwarming stories of holiday cheer. None is more ubiquitous than the famous 1914 Christmas Truce, the story of British and German soldiers in WWI who set their rifles aside and stepped out of the trenches for mutual good will. They sang Christmas carols and shared warm drinks, and even played a game of soccer. It’s the kind of story that we all want to hear so much that many of us never think to wonder how much truth there is behind it.
It’s been an eventful two months in the publishing of this digest. I’m really thankful for all the support I’ve recieved so far, and I centainly hope more people start jumping on the bandwagon. If you know people that would get a kick out of reading this thread, send ’em here! I don’t really have much more to say this issue, so I’ll see you guys next year!
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Until Next Time